Amagluglug’s hopes of qualify for the Rio Olympics were dealt a heavy blow when they lost 2-0 to Algeria on Wednesday night, booking a places in the final of the Under-23 Afcon would have secured South Africa’s place in the 2016 Games.
“We’re very disappointed because we conceded a soft goal and the Algerian players were going down whenever we tried to attack,” said Da Gama.
South Africa will get a second bite at the cherry when they face Senegal on Saturday for the bronze medal, as the third spot for Rio Olympics is still up for grabs. Da Gama believes that they stand a chance against host and Group A foes Senegal.
“Now we have to work on the morale of the players because it is important that they’re ready for the next match. I don’t think the teams from Group B are the strongest in the tournament because in the first semifinal, Senegal missed a penalty and they had the best chances of the match. The first goal we conceded was also a bad one so I believe the last four teams are the best, not the two from Group B,” concluded Da Gama.